Midlands clean-up sees reduction in waste dumps

THE Midlands provincial clean-up campaign was graced by the Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister July Moyo and Commerce and Industry Minister Mangaliso Ndlovu, who took time to clean roads in Senga suburb in Gweru.

The Minister of State for Midlands Provincial Affairs, Larry Mavima said prior to this programme the province had faced the problem of dysentery and diarrhoea-related illnesses that saw a number of people passing on in most parts of the province with Gweru being the epicentre.

“Currently the province has managed to carry out 163 clean up campaigns coordinated under my office since the declaration, reducing the number of illegal waste dumps across the Province as a whole.

“The onus is now on us as residents and citizens of Midlands to desist from disposing solid waste at undesignated points and to clear the remaining illegal dumps. It is also the duty of our local authorities to ensure that every household has a litter bin and that litter bins are collected timeously and regularly to avoid waste build up at household level.

“The Province has identified 60 hot spot sites where special clean-ups shall be conducted today. Over and above the 60 designated sites, my office has instructed that all the Government officials should come out and clean-up their premises and this shall be the case with industry and commerce,” said Minister Mavima.

Central Radio 95.8 was part of the stakeholders who participated in the campaign.